DOs and DON’Ts for Indoor Electric Heating

Electric Heating is an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly floor heating solution. It is flexible for new build homes and renovation.

Electric heating systems do not require specific maintenance. However, there’s a list of recommendations to consider when using our products.

In this document, the phrases:
 “heating element” refers to heating cables and heating mats;
“EFH” refers to Electric Floor Heating.

Installers should:

  • Select output according to calculated recommendation (linear and specific) based on floor, subfloor and heat loss calculation. All of the recommendations can be found in our Application Manual or Installation Guide.
  • Refer to the local regulations and requirements for electric heating.
  • Use a thermostat to control the EFH! With a floor sensor, the thermostat limits the floor temperature to rise, and keeps the surface at a safe and desirable level. Please, note that the floor sensor is mandatory to ensure that the floor construction doesn't get overheated.
  • Store the heating element in a dry place before the installation.
  • Floor sensors must be used for all heating purposes.
  • Consider installation of temperature sensors where the temperature is representative. Floor/wire sensor should be installed into a conduit pipe.
  • Area below furniture that is in direct contact with floor surface (not elevated from floor) should not be heated (cold spot).
  • Ensure correct C-C distance and respective distance between hot water pipes, cold spots, drains, etc. and a heating element.
  • Don’t cross heating elements, avoid direct contact between heating elements and sensors.
  • Avoid direct contact between thermal insulation and heating elements.
  • All connections should be done according to the connection diagrams by a certified installer.
  • Check heating element’s resistance (+/- 5%) and insulation resistance before, during and after the installation.
  • Install the heating element carefully.

Installers shouldn’t:

  • Neglect the abovementioned recommendations and also those stated in our technical literature.
  • Cut heating element (heating cable on mats).
  • Step on the heating element during the installation.
  • Drill the flooring in places heated by a heating element.
  • Forget to communicate to their customers (or future users) basic rules and safety recommendations on the electric heating system.

Users should:

  • Ensure installation is made by a professional installer.
  • Follow the safety recommendations.
  • Follow the temperature and operational recommendations according to the thermostat’s installation guide and application manual.
  • Make themselves acquainted with installation guide for thermostats.
  • Ensure that all furniture placed on heated area is on legs (min. 5 cm).
  • Store documentation and potentially photo documentation of the whole EFH system built.

Users shouldn’t:

  • Perform electrotechnical work.
  • Drill the flooring in places heated by a heating element.
  • Cause thermal blocking situations by covering the heated surfaces with carpets, blankets or other thick and warm coverages for long time. It may lead to system malfunction or even dangerous situations.

We in Electric Heating are very much interested in providing our customers with the best users’ experience so all our recommendations are clearly stated in our Installation Guides.

 

 

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